Job seekers typically rejoice when they receive a phone call for an upcoming interview. After all, this is the moment you have been waiting for—it’s your time to shine! You are ready to share your skills, experiences, and knowledge with your future employer. After you put the date in your calendar, the panic may start to set-in. You get nervous—REALLY nervous. Keep reading to discover five ways to calm your nerves and to ensure your skills and strengths are the impression left with the employer—not your nervous nature.

Tip #1 – Do your research. Learn whatever you can about the company. Go to the organization’s website, find their mission statement, and discover who their customers are. Use this information as you prepare your responses to ‘typical’ interview questions. And, when the interviewer asks what you know about the company, you will have something to say that clearly shows your research.

Tip #2 – Talk to a current employee. If you happen to know someone that already works at the business, have a lunch with that person or call them to chat. This will give you an insight to the inner-workings of the company. Ask why they like working there and where they envision the company in the future.

Tip #3 – Drive there ahead of time. If your interview is somewhat local, go there a couple of days ahead of time. Learn how long it takes to drive there and ensure you will be able to get there on-time for the day of your interview. Knowing where you are going and how long it takes you will go a long way to calming some of those nerves.

Tip #4 – Prepare a list of typical interview questions and think about how you will answer them. Start thinking about your strengths, what you do better than other candidates, your notable achievements, and your elevator pitch. While you don’t want to appear rehearsed during an interview you also don’t want to come off as someone with little to no preparation.

Tip #5 – Practice with a trusted friend or colleague. Go through a mock interview with someone you know, like, and trust. Saying responses out-loud is different than just thinking of them in your head. Use that time to hone your responses and ask for constructive feedback. Remember, if you ask for feedback, you will most likely get it—so be prepared to make changes if necessary.

Remember that the interview is your time to SHINE. Preparation is key to calming your nerves. If you aren’t nervous (or have mitigated as many nerves as possible), you will be relaxed and can showcase WHY you are the right candidate for the position.

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